Hollywood’s Greatest Year to Make Final Stop in a Digital Emerald City
Beverly Hills, CA (July 29, 2009) — The 1939 Best Picture nominee “The Wizard of Oz” will be screened, digitally from a new 4K restoration, as the final feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Hollywood’s Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” on Monday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Jerry Maren, who portrayed one of the Lollipop Guild members in Munchkinland, will be present for a short Q&A before the film.
Pre-show elements, which begin at 6:45 p.m., include videotaped interviews with Margaret Hamilton and Ray Bolger from a 1983 Academy event, the 12th chapter of the 1939 serial “Buck Rogers,” starring Buster Crabbe and Constance Moore, and the 1939 winner for Cartoon Short Subject, Walt Disney’s “The Ugly Duckling.”
“The Wizard of Oz,” an imaginative and tuneful musical fantasy with glorious visuals and now-classic original songs, stars Judy Garland in all her youthful glory. This screening marks the public premiere of the 4K digital restoration, courtesy of Warner Bros.
The film won Oscars® for Music – Original Score (Herbert Stothart) and Music – Song (“Over the Rainbow,” Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg). “The Wizard of Oz” received an additional three Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), Art Direction (Cedric Gibbons, William A. Horning) and Special Effects (A. Arnold Gillespie, Douglas Shearer).
“The Wizard of Oz” is sold out, but a standby line will form on the day of the event and standby numbers will be assigned at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins (approx. 7:15 p.m.). Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater.
Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 6:45 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
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